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First lady announcing pledges for vets, families

First lady Michelle Obama, right, hugs Chrissandra Jackson, center, accompanied by Dr. Jill Biden, left, at the third anniversary of Joining Forces on Wednesday in Washington. Mrs. Obama announced pledges of more than $150 million from foundations and corporations to help veterans and their families get the services they need in the places where they live as the country adjusts to a postwar footing. Jackson is a daughter of a military family.

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First lady Michelle Obama, right, hugs Chrissandra Jackson, center, accompanied by Dr. Jill Biden, left, at the third anniversary of Joining Forces on Wednesday in Washington. Mrs. Obama announced pledges of more than $150 million from foundations and corporations to help veterans and their families get the services they need in the places where they live as the country adjusts to a postwar footing. Jackson is a daughter of a military family.

WASHINGTON — First lady Michelle Obama announced pledges from foundations and corporations totaling more than $160 million Wednesday to help veterans and their families get the services they need as the country adjusts to a postwar footing.

Calling this a "pivotal moment for our military families and for our country" as the war in Afghanistan ends, the first lady said military families should never have to face the challenges associated with the transition to civilian life alone.

Appearing at a conference of philanthropic groups, Mrs. Obama warned that with fewer homecoming videos and welcome-home parades for returning troops likely in future years, "we cannot allow ourselves to forget their service to our country. … We've got to show our military families that our country is there for them not just while they're in uniform but for the long haul."

The first lady highlighted the launch of the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge, under which more than 30 organizations are making commitments to provide a range of services over the next five years, including $62 million in existing commitments and $102 million in new pledges over the next five years.

Paul Rieckhoff, CEO and founder of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, noted that the launch comes after reports that up to 40 patients at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care Center may have died because of care delays.

"The Phoenix tragedy, Fort Hood shooting and the latest Pentagon suicide numbers all sadly underscore the urgent need for a sustained, national effort to ensure all our vets get the care and support they deserve," Rieckhoff said in a statement.

Vikki Spruill, CEO of the Council on Foundations, said those making pledges would work in areas including homelessness, employment, training, education and community integration.

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